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The perilous gravel quarries: Female laborers of Malindi speak out

Door Cynthia Omondi | 13 september 2021

They have decided to venture into a blistering and strenuous labor just to fend for their families for lack of better options that can put food on the table. Majority of these women are widowed or single mothers who have children in school, and this is their only way of ensuring they give their children a better life. Depicting the real strength of a woman, they have deconstructed the narrative that a man is the sole provider of the family.

Community Voices #1: Waste Management Solutions

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 10 september 2021

Today on Vice Versa Global: A trash survey documentation led by community mappers Kenya in the informal settlements of Mathare, Majengo, Kariobangi and Kibera. The aim of the survey is to track trash patterns in the aforementioned regions so as to come up with sustainable and inclusive waste management solutions. Through the study, relevant stakeholders are invited to help facilitate and enhance implementation. The survey was powered by Urban Llum, University of Twente, and Urban Lab.

‘Championing for the rights of the child is my priority’

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 06 september 2021

As far-fetched as this might sound, sanitary towels are still a rare commodity to some girls. Coming from poor backgrounds, these girls will end up missing school during that time of the month due to lack of these basic commodities. But thanks to campaigns like ‘Nasimama na Wao’ (I Stand With Them) led by the young Ramlah Ramadhan from Tanzania, such situations are slowly becoming a thing of the past

Upclose With Eva Nakato #7: From Journalism to Body Building

Door Eva Nakato | 03 september 2021

Today in Upclose with Eva Nakato, the extraordinary story of Kato Usain Finiito who gave up his journalism career in Uganda to become a professional body builder. He takes us through his journey as a body builder and dreams for the young body builders in his country.

The land rights defender of Kenyan peasant women

Door Eunice Mwaura | 01 september 2021

Access to land rights for women in sub-Saharan countries has, for decades, faced a myriad of institutional, policy and traditional barriers. It is within this context that organisations and women rights activists like Susan Owiti, one of the co-founders of Kenya Peasants League, were borne. They are at the front lobbying for inclusion and equity in contestation to customary laws and practises that have perpetually impeded women’s access and ownership of land.

African Movie Review: Prickly Roses

Door Emmanuel Mandebo | 28 augustus 2021

In the new episode of the African Movie Review on Vice Versa Global, Emmanuel Mandebo discusses the film Prickly Roses. Produced by Nabwiso Films in association with Akina Mama Wa Africa, Prickly Roses decodes the lives of three young women who are striving to earn a living in a very unsupportive environment.

The female road construction worker

Door Martha Nalukenge | 25 augustus 2021

The outbreak of Covid-19 is forcing people to be creative. Esther Bulimwa is a Ugandan teacher, but found herself without a job due to the closure of schools. She actively looked for something else and is now the only woman working at a road construction site. Our reporter Martha Nalukenge spoke with her. 

Farming made possible in urban slums

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 18 augustus 2021

A group of young people, in an effort to clean and rehabilitate, turned a dump site into a farm. They were able to commercialize the project while giving back to the community at the same time. They achieved this by offering their produce for free to those who were unable to afford it.

Power in community journalism

Door Eunice Mwaura | 09 augustus 2021

Over the years the media has continuously been scrutinised, with trust in it appearing to plummet as audiences question its credibility. The trend in traditional journalism has been premised on the top down approach which has engendered community journalism. Agneta Asitwa, a 27 year old trained film journalist, talks about the role local ownership of news has played and the gaps it has bridged within her community.

Upclose with Eva Nakato # 6: The Mentor Mother

Door Eva Nakato | 06 augustus 2021

Today in Upclose With Eva Nakato, We bring you Robinah Babirye a stay-home-mum who is not only spending time with her son but is also dedicating it to new young mothers both physically and virtually by mentoring, counseling and guiding them to be the best mums they can ever be to their children.

Robinah Babirye is a young woman born and openly living with HIV, an HIV Advocate with a Bachelors Degree in Community Based Rehabilitation, she was the Miss Y+ 2015-2016 and has been awarded by several networks for her commendable job in the community.

The Kenyan fashionista daring to thrive in Thailand

Door Cynthia Omondi | 30 juli 2021

Nancy Akoth Obonyo refused to let unemployment determine her destiny. As a master’s degree holder, she had been unlucky in securing formal employment so she decided to venture into self-employment in a foreign land. She talked to Vice Versa Global’s Cynthia Omondi on how she got there, her journey so far and her aspirations.

African Movie Review: In Reality

Door Emmanuel Mandebo | 26 juli 2021

In this Episode of  the montly African Movie Review by Emmanuel Mandebo, Vice Versa Global brings you the multi award-winning Ugandan short film ‘In Reality’, directed by Kasule Douglas Benda. In the film, an HIV positive dad finds out that the HIV positive girl he is having a sexual relationship with is actually the girlfriend to his HIV negative son.

The impact of climate change on women

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 23 juli 2021

Climate change is the biggest catalyst of poverty. Due to archaic patriarchal systems, women have limited access to basic human rights like the ability to move freely and acquire land. So, as climate change intensifies, women will struggle the most in both the rural and urban setup, especially in informal settlements.

The epilepsy awareness champion pulling down the walls of stigma

Door Cynthia Omondi | 21 juli 2021

When Fredrick Beuchi Boya learnt that his sister was suffering from epilepsy, he deplored the reality she would face since in his community it is associated with a curse. The love he had for her made him research more on the condition and now he is spreading awareness about epilepsy, not only in Kenya, but all over the globe through various drives.

The young entrepreneur sustaining poultry rearing in Rusinga

Door Eunice Mwaura | 19 juli 2021

On our third series on Rusinga Island, Vice Versa Global’s Eunice Mwaura talks to Alphonse Odhiambo. The 32 year old man runs a poultry feed processing unit that has saved the residents of Rusinga Island from a cumbersome 47km tour, to the nearby city, in order to purchase feed for their poultry.

Modernity and nature

Door Martha Nalukenge | 14 juli 2021

As our cities rapidly expand and modernize, nature continuous to bear the burden as it is constantly being dislocated. In Masaka, the green lush vegetation that adorned the city is slowly being replaced by grey impervious surfaces. Martha Nalukenge shares her insights into how changes in land cover have affected the city and its people.

The blind community health volunteer

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 07 juli 2021

Losing your eye sight can be devastating even at old age. People who were close to you distance themselves and even family members might treat you differently because they see you as a burden. After losing her eyesight Angela Nzilani went through an extremely difficult time trying to accept the fact that she would never see light again. The only people who came to her rescue were Community Health Volunteers. Now she is one of them herself and has a clear message to the world: “If you see a person living with disability, don’t see the disability but see their ability. We are normal people. Stop referring to us by our disability.”

Victoria Friendly Montessori, the oasis of hope

Door Eunice Mwaura | 05 juli 2021

On the second part of our three part series on Rusinga Island Vice Versa Global talks to Tom Mboya, the programs director at Victoria Friendly Montessori. Having dropped out of school due to a myriad of issues, he sought to make things better for future generations. His dream of providing quality education to the less privileged children on the island has had a spiralling effect, touching on many other aspects.

Upclose With Eva Nakato #5: Turning Books Into Toys

Door Eva Nakato | 02 juli 2021

In this episode of ‘Upclose with Eva Nakato’ we bring you Hasfa Mago from Kampala who is helping thousands of children develop the much needed basic literacy skills by turning Books into Toys through her Book Drive Foundation.

The altruistic Congo activist who overcame death threats

Door Cynthia Omondi | 30 juni 2021

When Jacques Issongo saw young men of LUCHA devoted to fighting for social justice and accountability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he felt a call within that prompted him to join the movement. A movement that has brought significant change in the DRC while on the other hand, has cost him his job and family. He has faced countless physical assaults and arbitrary arrests as a result of his involvement with LUCHA.